2022年世界盃:為什麼威爾士前鋒基弗-摩爾在各方面都被低估 - 阿什利-威廉姆斯

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2022年世界盃:為什麼威爾士前鋒基弗-摩爾在各方面都被低估 - 阿什利-威廉姆斯

加雷斯-貝爾成為威爾士對陣美國時的頭條新聞,但對我來說,他們今晚的故事是基弗-摩爾。

不過,是摩爾為我們改變了比賽。我真的很驚訝他在對美國的比賽中沒有首發,但是,在這種表現的基礎上,如果他在周五對伊朗的比賽中被排除在外,我絕對會大吃一驚。

這位伯恩茅斯的前鋒在下半場出場後立即產生了影響。他的第一次參與是把球放在胸前,然後跑到通道上。他讓我們在球場上前進了大約40碼,並為接下來的比賽奠定了基調。

摩爾在各方面都被低估了

摩爾給了我們一直缺少的焦點,但他並不只是站在球場中間,等待球被射向他。

作為一個曾經面對過他的中鋒,我可以告訴你,他是一個多麼難對付的人,他在比賽的各個方面都被低估了。

2019年,當我在布里斯托爾城,而他在維岡時,我在冠軍賽中與他交手。他沒有在我面前進球--顯然我不會讓這種情況發生!但那是我認為 "他是一個很好的球員"。 - 但那是我認為'他很快就會進入英超聯賽'的時候,我是對的。

首先,摩爾身高6英尺5英寸,但他比你想象的要機動得多--他可以在兩翼跑動,也可以在壓力下帶球跑。

他的第一次觸球也很好。正如他在對美國隊的比賽中所展示的那樣,無論他在哪裡,他都會把球舉起來,而且他在構建比賽方面非常聰明。

你看到他參與了導致我們獲得點球的行動。他在角球中非常整齊,在得到支持之前一直保持球。

在上半場,我們一直在向前方的空間發射球,但球卻直接回來了,當我們在休息後這樣做時,摩爾總是在那裡。

他讓貝爾和拉姆塞更多地參與到比賽中來,因為他們可以上場並確信球會被粘住,同時也為我們的邊後衛內科-威廉姆斯和康納-羅伯茨提供了支持。

這也幫助了球隊的每個部分。防守方可以得到喘息的機會,而中場也可以向上推進--儘管我仍然認為這是我們在對陣伊朗時需要改進的地方。

很奇怪,你可以用兩種不同的方式來看待一場平局,這取決於你是如何得到它的。

美國隊在這麼晚才丟球,會覺得他們輸掉了那場比賽,而我們卻以如此積極的姿態結束了比賽--這一分對我們進入16強的機會來說是巨大的,而且我們已經有了一些動力。我對這一切感到高興。

但是,你不能迴避我們在比賽中開局如此糟糕的事實。我們的表現絕對糟糕,這是我作為球員或評論員看到的威爾士最糟糕的半場之一。

摩爾使我們的反應不同,但我們開始的方式突出了喬-阿倫在中場的重大失誤。

他不適合在周一的比賽中出場,自從9月中旬腿筋受傷以來,他一直沒有出場,但我希望他能在伊朗的比賽中出場,因為我們需要他。

沒有他,美國隊在上半場在中場完全占據優勢--我不認為艾倫在場上時他們會進球。

他們的動作直接從中間開始,以艾倫的訣竅,他能在正確的時間出現在正確的位置,並保持空間而不是標記一個球員,他將會發現危險並在中間的關鍵區域進行防守。

如果他沒能成功,那麼我們必須看看另一個選擇,在伊桑-安帕杜身邊踢球,為我們提供一點支持,然後看看比賽如何進行。

我希望我們能像英格蘭隊對陣伊朗隊時一樣,擁有持續的控球權和一波波的進攻。然後我們可以釋放像拉姆塞這樣的人,他可以在對方半場開始工作。

我也會質疑我們這次是否需要一個五後衛。是的,伊朗隊在對陣英格蘭的比賽中進了兩球,所以他們將是一個威脅,但威爾士所有的後衛都能在四人組中遊刃有餘,這將使我們在球場上多出一個人。

伊朗隊對我們來說是一場必勝的比賽,所以我們必須把它當作我們要贏的比賽。

我認為我們可以從觀看英格蘭隊瓦解他們的比賽中獲得信心。孩子們不會對伊朗隊掉以輕心,但那場比賽表明,如果你像那樣在前場踢球,積極地控制球權,那麼伊朗隊就會有機會了。

帶着4分進入英格蘭隊的比賽一直是我們的目標,所以我們處於一個很好的位置來實現這個目標。

這將意味着我們仍然有機會從小組中出線,而在與美國隊的比賽中,我沒有想到我會這麼說。

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Gareth Bale got the headlines for Wales against the United States but for me the story of their night was Kieffer Moore.

It was Moore who changed the game around for us, though. I was really surprised that he didn't start against the US but, on the back of that performance, I would be absolutely gobsmacked if he is left out against Iran on Friday.

The Bournemouth forward made an immediate impact after coming on for the second half. His first involvement was to take the ball on his chest, then run down the channel. He got us up the pitch by about 40 yards, and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Moore is underrated in every way

Moore gave us that focal point we'd been missing but he doesn't just stand in the middle of the pitch waiting for the ball to be fired up to him.

Speaking as a centre-half who has faced him, I can tell you how much of a handful he is to deal with, and how underrated he is in every aspect of his play.

I played against him in the Championship in 2019 when I was at Bristol City and he was at Wigan. He didn't score against me - obviously I wasn't going to let that happen! - but that was the point I thought 'he is going to be in the Premier League soon', and I was right.

For starters, Moore is 6ft 5in but he is a lot more mobile than you would expect him to be - he can get down the wings and run with the ball under pressure too.

His first touch is great as well. As he showed against the US, he will hold the ball up wherever he is, and he is very clever at building play.

You saw that with his involvement in the move that led to our penalty. He is so neat and tidy in the corner and keeps the ball until he gets support.

And whereas in the first half we had been firing balls forward into spaces and it was coming straight back, when we did that after the break, Moore was always there.

He brought Bale and Aaron Ramsey into the game more because they could get up the pitch and be confident that the ball was going to stick, and fed our wing-backs, Neco Williams and Connor Roberts too.

That helped every part of the team as well. The defence could have a breather, and the midfield could push up - although I still think that is an area we need to improve on against Iran.

It's weird how you can view a draw in two different ways, depending on how you got it.

The US will have felt like they lost that game after conceding so late, while we finished on such a positive note - the point was huge for our chances of getting to the last 16, and we have got some momentum. I am delighted with all of that.

Still, you cannot skirt around the fact that we started the game so badly. We were absolutely terrible, and it was one of the worst halves I've seen from Wales as player or a pundit.

Moore made the difference in the way we responded but the way we started highlighted what a big miss Joe Allen was in the middle.

He was not fit enough to feature on Monday and has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in mid-September but I have got everything crossed that he makes the Iran game, because we need him.

Without him, the US were completely dominant in midfield in the first half - and I don't think they score their goal with Allen on the pitch.

Their move came straight down the middle and with Allen's knack of being in the right place at the right time and holding space rather than marking a player, he would have spotted the danger and defended that key territory in the centre.

If he doesn't make it, then we have to look at another option to play next to Ethan Ampadu and shore us up a little, then see how the game goes.

I am hoping we can do the same as England against Iran and have constant possession and waves of attack. Then we could free someone up like Ramsey, and he can get to work in the opposition half.

I would also question whether we need a back five this time. Yes, Iran scored twice against England so they will be a threat but all Wales' defenders are comfortable in a four, and that would give us an extra man higher up the pitch.

Iran is a must-win game for us, so we have to treat it like we are going to win it.

I think we can take confidence from watching England dismantle them. The boys won't take Iran lightly at all, but that game showed that if you play on the front foot like that, and be positive and dominate possession, then Iran are there for the taking.

Going into the England game with four points in the bag was always the aim, so we are in a good position to achieve that.

It would mean we are still in the mix to get out of the group and, at half-time in the US game, I did not think I would be saying that.

Ashley Williams was speaking to Chris Bevan in Doha.

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